Archinect - News 2015-11-26T07:43:33-05:00 Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Justine Testado 2015-11-20T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T22:37:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can appreciate &mdash; aside obvious landmarks like the Seattle Central Library, the Experience Music Project, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Space Needle, among other tourist hotspots. Not too far away from the central downtown area is Capitol Hill. Never heard of it? No need to be a bespectacled, coffee-guzzling, plaid-sporting millennial to enjoy this part of town. Archinect reached out to locally based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis</a>, who shared some of his favorite spots around this charming neighborhood that non-locals might overlook.</p><p>Give Paul Michael Davis' "stops" a try the next time you venture out to Seattle, and you might discover something new about this part of the Pacific Northwe...</p> Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> Uber brings Mad Max to Seattle Nicholas Korody 2015-09-01T12:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:54:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To promote the new Mad Max video game coming out at the start of September, Uber teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this weekend to give fans in Seattle real rides in real Fury Road vehicles. Through Monday (we know &mdash; not enough time, life isn't fair, etc.), those going to and from the city's PAX Prime gaming convention will have the chance to nab a varied set of postapocalyptic chariots that seat either one, three, or four other riders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The rules are simple:</p><ul><li>Trips must begin and stay within downtown Seattle. The Wasteland is vast and gas is precious &mdash; the Warboys must remain near their Stronghold.</li><li>Your dollars are worthless in the Wasteland. Payment shall not be required.</li></ul><p>Here's a look at some of the cars helping to bring new meaning to "disruptive innovation":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T20:01:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.&rdquo; In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T13:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After past run-ins with the city, the nomadic Nickelsville has shifted from temporary place to temporary place. Most recently, the group struggled with a location, after Seattle decided to authorize and regulate three homeless encampments in the city. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a need for a transportable, insulated, tiny house that provides privacy and isn&rsquo;t going to be a huge burden for them when they move,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-21T21:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:46:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="610" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> Editor's Picks #374 Nam Henderson 2014-07-02T19:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned a review - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Trouble with a Bird&rsquo;s Eye View</a>.&nbsp;The piece dissects a summer exhibition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. He concludes the pairing of aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, is proof that &nbsp;"<em>For Barden, Gro&szlig; and Lee, the position and involvement of humans in a greater ecology is only clear from high above</em>".</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> shared <em>"This reminds me of that story of the 1933 CIAM meeting. &nbsp;Participants compared scale plan/maps of major cities around the world. &nbsp;Neutra's graphic of LA covered a wall and then some</em>".</p><p>Plus, for the fifth edition of <strong>Cutting Room</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mehruss Jon Ahi</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Armen Karaoghlanian</a>,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> the architect and filmmaker behind </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interiors</a>.&nbsp;The project is a journal in which the authors reconstruct sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;suggested "<em>The interest for me is not the reproduction of arch...</em></p> ‘Thresholds’ marks the unmarked at Kent cemetery Bradly Gunn 2013-09-05T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-06T11:32:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing to realize you could walk around the site not knowing if there is a body underneath you,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;How do you commemorate that?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Of the approximately 200 people buried at Saar Pioneer Cemetery, there are 89 unmarked graves, each&nbsp;unable to inform visitors of their presence and the role they played in Kent history. Collaborative artists&nbsp;Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn seek to mark the unmarked by creating a series &ldquo;thresholds&rdquo; to walk under&nbsp;and pass through, as an acknowledgement of the final resting place of Kent&rsquo;s founding pioneers.&nbsp;</p> <p> THRESHOLDS is generously supported by 4Culture&rsquo;s Site Specific Program and the University of&nbsp;Washington&rsquo;s College of Built Environment&rsquo;s Digital Fabrication Lab, with additional support from McLendon&nbsp;Hardware, Dunn Lumber and Miller Paint Co.</p> NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters Archinect 2013-05-21T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T17:48:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, the three intersecting biodomes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building and would establish a visual focus and &ldquo;heart&rdquo; for the three-block project, according to plans filed with the city. The spheres will offer &ldquo;a plant-rich environment&rdquo; filled with species from mountainous ecologies around the globe, chosen for their &ldquo;ability to coexist in a microclimate that also suits people,&rdquo; according to the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle’s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day Alexander Walter 2013-04-23T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T17:21:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, on Earth Day, Seattle's latest green building celebrated its grand opening: The Bullitt Center, a super-efficient office space at 1501 East Madison Street, was designed to become the world&rsquo;s largest functioning, commercial Living Building, using an estimated 83 percent less energy than a typical Seattle office building and achieving Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects, to design Museum of Art Archinect 2013-03-07T20:21:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:33:19-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The award-winning firm of world renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson has been selected to design the new Museum of Art at Washington State University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Bullitt Centre: A Green American Icon Anna Johnson 2013-01-16T12:54:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:13:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A brand new green building project is set to become one of the world&rsquo;s most sustainable commercial office builds not for the new and innovative technology it has implemented but for the unique approach to green building the developers have taken.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First showing of new arena design not exactly a slam-dunk Archinect 2012-12-01T12:37:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T01:53:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The initial responses of some local architects to the arena drawings were underwhelming. While cautioning that the renderings are preliminary, Seattle architect and critic Mark Hinshaw said some of the views of the proposed arena seem like "boxes with a tight lid" that could be any number of public buildings. "One thing that seems missing is any kind of dramatic roof expression that we have seen with a number of landmark buildings &mdash; particularly ones that involve large audiences.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Building up, not selling out: Can denser cities save family farms? Alexander Walter 2012-10-23T21:49:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:39:33-04:00 <img src="" width="250" height="166" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the developers of Olive 8 &mdash; a swanky hotel/condo complex planned for downtown Seattle &mdash; were looking for a way to build beyond the 300-foot height limit that zoning allowed. Doing so required some compromises &mdash; but not the kind of backroom deal residents of Chicago or Baltimore might assume.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler? Archinect 2012-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T13:31:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no architecture critic, but the word &ldquo;iconic&rdquo; keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos &amp; Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The geeks speak on two new planned tech campuses. Which one do you prefer?</p> Seattle Library: Homeless Man Interview Clips Archinect 2012-07-02T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T07:07:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CLIPS OF SEATTLE LIBRARY: INTERVIEW WITH HOMELESS MAN AND SHOTS OF STRUCTURE. This footage is part of a feature length Documentary film that I am making about my father Rem Koolhaas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ABF Proposal ‘In-Closure’ Wins Seattle’s Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2012-05-17T18:09:00-04:00 >2012-05-17T18:12:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A jury of internationally recognized design professionals and Seattle civic leaders have declared a winner among three semi-finalists in Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. The winner is ABF, of Paris, France, for its design, In-Closure, which envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle Urban Interventions Finalist Presentations Erin Williams 2012-05-07T17:25:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T18:12:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="185" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What might happen at Seattle Center when Memorial Stadium goes away? Are there imaginative and unique uses for a large urban park? What is the Jelly Bean and why is it floating next to the Space Needle? Join us Friday, May 11, for presentations by the finalists of a design competition, Urban Intervention, that explores the future of Seattle Center and public space. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets should be reserved in advance.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If you're in the area, head out to see the finalist presentations on May 11th. In the meantime, &nbsp;you can see the preview videos from the finalists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Urban Intervention Finalist: Park by Koning Eizenberg Architecture + ARUP Alexander Walter 2012-04-09T18:16:00-04:00 >2012-04-09T18:39:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in March, three finalist entries were announced at Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. [...] We had already published PRAUD's "Seattle Jelly Bean" proposal, and here's now also the finalist entry "Park" by Southern Californian practice Koning Eizenberg Architecture in collaboration with ARUP. All three finalist submissions are currently in the process of design phase two.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koning Eizenberg Architecture</a> is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hiring</a>.</p> Why don't architects speak English? Archinect 2012-03-28T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T07:00:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grand plans for Seattle Center evoke hovering "Jelly Beans," "dematerialized urbanism," and "catalyzing atmospheres." That's just what Seattle needs: more gobbledygook.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Knute Berger, of Seattle-based Crosscut, opines on the long-pondered use of "gobbledygook" in archispeak, in reference to the architect's project descriptions from the recently announced results in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition</a>.</p>